I’ve played Empire Avenue since May of 2011. I’m highly competitive. When I started I didn’t have large networks, and I still don’t have them. Facebook was my largest network, with about 1500 friends. I really didn’t use any other social media sites. I found the game side at that time highly addictive, and I wanted to do well. Facebook is the only social media product that I understood, but it wasn’t enough.
Two and a half years later, I find myself with multiple accounts to keep track of, and limited time. I tried so hard to only have original material when I started. I would tweet 100 original tweets a day. I would post 20 original photos to Instagram and Flickr a day. I would try to play facebook games and get people to interact with me constantly. I was fighting a losing battle that lead me to burn out.
In desperation, I turned to other Empire Avenue players. Some of these players were growing faster and paying higher dividends. Some of these players had been using the site a year longer than I had. I gave into the Empire Avenue peer pressure to compete. I was told I was not a Social Media RockStar, and my 1 to 5 original post/tweets a day that at most I would normally do would never be good enough. I watched my scores falling and my dividends dropping, and I panicked. I took their advice and I turned to the RSS feeds. I felt like I was drowning, and no one was liking, retweeting and sharing anything I tried to post from my heart and mind. I felt that what I had to say didn’t matter. I felt I had no voice.
Well today, I disconnected those feeds. I may only be able to post something original on occasion. My dividends and scores may drop, but I will be real. I will share my thoughts, my voice. I will complete missions to help friends and others succeed on Empire Avenue, whom have good content and things that interest me. I’m letting go of the pressure to have a certain score and pay a certain dividend.
I hope some of you can join me on this path, to a genuine transformation. A positive change. I’ve asked these things of Empire Avenue. I now expect these things of myself. I ask everyone to look at what you have done in social media, and at the end of the day has it truly made you happy? If not, it’s time to let go of the feeds.
One more thing, I’ve never had fake followers, but if you really want to succeed with your voice, how can you when only fake people are around? Let it go. Do it right, and let the world see what your true social media potential is.